Re: Walk to Warks Rd etc

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Subject: Re: Walk to Warks Rd etc
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:21:39 +0000
I have done a blog-post with some photos of yesterday's walk and a composite list of the birds we saw.

The official notice of next month's foray is on the COG website.  We will be walking from the car park!


On 15 February 2017 at 20:41, Martin Butterfield <> wrote:

The editors of Gang-gang may wish to use the following as the trip report for this outing.

12 members gathered at Stromlo Forest Park for carpooling on the outing to Warks Rd and nearby spots in Namadgi National Park.
As often the case we paused to check out the big dam at Urriarra Homestead and scored 26 species as a result.  This included a tightly knit squad of 18 Hoary-headed Grebes and an overflight of 6 Gang-gangs.
We moved on to Blundells Creek Rd where we had an involuntary pause due to a fallen tree across the road.  While that was being disposed of, members spotted the first of several Rufous Fantails beside the road.  After parking and heading up Warks Rd,  3 Red-browed Treecreepers were observed.  The next highlight was a Rufous Fantail on a nest: everyone got good looks.

After another bit of axe-work we paused for a pre-prandial stroll up another trail.  A very alert member spotted a small bird on a branch close to ground level.  It eventually scuttled off, but had given good enough looks for identification as a very recently fledged Pilotbird.  This was confirmed when an adult of the species was seen on the far side of the track.  We hurriedly left the area and on turning to watch saw the adult fly across in the direction of the fledgling and then then both fly across the track.  Possibly the first breeding record of Pilotbird since the 2003 fires?
Two further stops were made on the way home.  Moonlight Hollow Road delivered a Brush Cuckoo – after much deliberation and examination of images.  Going to Bulls Head Picnic area , several Flame Robins were seen and a Fan-tailed Cuckoo hard.
All up we recorded 54 species for the day.

The March outing will be to Campbell Park.  Gather at the Northern end of the carpark at 8:30 on 15 March.


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